When You Ride Your Bike
- When you are biking towards a dog or a group of dogs, slow down to a "crawl". Peddle as little as possible. Look straight ahead and move past them in a very slow, deliberate manner. The dogs should read your "non adrenalized and uninterested body language" as "I don't want to play" and ignore you completely.
- If the dog or dogs begin to chase after you, slow down and come to a stop. As soon as you have stopped moving, you have taken away the "I want to play" language from your movements. The dogs will normally slow down and approach you in a non interested manner. They might be wagging their tails and give off a few “hello” barks. Stand still and don’t stare at them. They should quickly turn around and go back to where they came from. (No fun here.)
- If the dog(s) approach you in an aggressive manner (jumping, showing their teeth, assertive barking), stop and get off your bike. Place your bike between you and the dog(s). Do not make any sudden moves that would encourage or stimulate adrenaline in the dog(s). Slowly back away, continuing to show an uninteresting distraction. The dog(s) should loose interest in two to three minutes and leave.
- I have ridden my bike past a large number of dogs and have used these techniques and my bike rides have always been enjoyable.
For more information about bike ride suggestions with dogs or general dog training, please call us at (954) 424-0170 or The Best Dog Trainers in Sunrise and South Florida.